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26 Jun 06. Rockwell Collins gave BATTLESPACE details of its ground-breaking alliance with Sandia National Laboratories that takes Rockwell into a new and important sensor area.

Rockwell Collins and Sandia National Laboratories have formed a strategic alliance to develop, manufacture and offer service and support for a small form-factor Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

The miniature SAR system, developed by Sandia, provides broad-area imaging at fine resolutions for environmental monitoring, earth-resource mapping and military systems at a more affordable price.

“The miniature SAR product is targeted for use on both manned and unmanned vehicle platforms, to provide small, persistent surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance capability to the military and could enable the use of additional communication systems and integrated systems products and services,” said Ron Hornish, vice president and general manager of Sensor Systems for Rockwell Collins Government Systems.

SAR systems take advantage of the long-range propagation characteristics of radar signals and the complex information processing capability of modern digital electronics to provide high resolution imagery. Synthetic aperture radar offers photographic and imaging capabilities with minimum constraints on time-of-day and atmospheric conditions and through the unique responses of terrain and cultural targets to radar frequencies.

“Sandia’s strategic objectives include partnering with industry to transition advanced capabilities developed at the national labs to the end-user,” said Brett Remund, Deputy Director, Microwave Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Sandia National Laboratories. “This partnership with Rockwell Collins provides a strong and complementary match to achieve these objectives, bringing advanced radar remote sensing capability to the warfighter.”

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